Monday, June 19, 2017

The Great Outdoors

Tomorrow is officially the first day of summer! It's time to get outside and enjoy the natural world. This time of year is perfect for exploring, playing, and creating outside. Kids are naturally curious and playing outside gives them many opportunities to follow their interests, explore nature, experiment with different materials, and learn a lot while having fun! Whether you're camping, out on the lake, at a park, or in your backyard, these books have some great ideas for games, projects, activities, and experiments to try out with the kids in your life this summer.

15 Minutes Outside: 365 Ways to Get Out of the House and Connect with Your Kids by Rebecca P. Cohen

The Artful Year: Celebrating the Seasons and Holidays with Family Arts and Crafts by Jean Van't Hul

The Beach Book: Loads of Things to Do at Lakes, Rivers and the Seaside by Fiona Banks and Jo Schofield

Born to be Wild: Hundreds of Free Nature Activities for Families by Hattie Garlick

Busting Boredom in the Great Outdoors by Tyler Omoth

Cool Outdoor Arts & Crafts: Great Things to Do in the Great Outdoors by Alex Kuskowski

Go Wild! 101 Things to Do Outdoors Before You Grow Up by Fiona Danks

The Kids' Guide to Nature Adventures: 80 Great Activities for Exploring the Outdoors by Joe Phatigan

Maker Projects for Kids Who Love Exploring the Outdoors by Sarah Levete

A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating Outdoor Play by Marilyn Singer



Looking for more? Our library system also has a great online resource about the great outdoors called golibrary.info - check out the site for book recommendations, online resources, and event information in our area!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Under the Sea

We are kicking off the summer with a drop in activity for all ages this week! Stop by anytime this week when we're open to make faux stained glass sea life pictures. All of the supplies are available at the Children's Desk.

Here is a booklist of some great underwater stories for you to enjoy!


Picture Books

10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle
Hello Ocean by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins
I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry
Octopus's Garden by Ringo Starr
The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen




Easy Readers


About the Ocean by Sindy McKay
At the Beach by Alexa Andrews
Deep Ocean Creatures by Lisa L. Ryan-Herndon
The Magic School Bus Presents Ocean Adventure by Mary Kay Carson
Pete the Cat: Scuba-Cat by James Dean
Ocean of Color by Bill Scollon


Chapter Books

Dark Day in the Deep Sea by Mary Pope Osbourne
Emily Windsnap and the Castle in the Mist by Liz Kessler
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea by Ben Clanton
Olive's Ocean by Kevin Henkes
Pattle to the Sea by Clancy Holling
Pearl's Ocean Magic by Catherine Hapka
Shannon the Ocean Fairy by Daisy Meadows
The Wanderer by Sharon Creech

Monday, June 5, 2017

Building A Better World

We are so excited for summer at the library! We have our reading programs for kids, teens, and adults starting on Wednesday, June 7th and loads of fun events planned for the whole summer! Our theme this year is "Building a Better World" - we love the idea of learning to make, grow, and shape our world into a better place. Here are some books to get you inspired for this awesome summer! Check out our website for more information on all the cool stuff going on this summer: http://als.lib.wi.us/EFPL/

For Little Ones

A is for Activist by Innosanto Nagara
Blocks by Irene Dickerson
Can You Say Peace? By Karen Katz
The Earth Book by Todd Parr
One Love by Cedella Marley
What A Wonderful World by Bob Thiele




For Kids

Hooray for Inventors! by Marcia Williams
Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
The Red Bicycle by Jude Isabella

For Teens

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka & Martin Gand
March Series by John Lewis
Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome by Brad Montague & Robby Novak

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

WONDER WOMAN


DC Comics is celebrating Wonder Woman on June 3rd.  This year she turns 75 and will be featured in her first solo film.

The movie will be released June 2 and stars Gal Gadot as Diana Price/Wonder Woman.  The movie will introduce you to Wonder Woman when she was just Diana, a princess of the Amazons and a trained warrior.  A pilot crashes and tells her of the war waging in the outside world, and Diana will leave home to fight and discover her powers and her destiny.

Want to help celebrate Wonder Woman?  Pick up one of these books today!

Children's Fiction:

Wonder Woman to the Rescue! by Courtney Carbone
Wonder Woman Wrestles Circe's Sorcery by Matthew K. Manning
Wonder Woman at Super Hero High by Lisa Yee
Wonder Woman: Amazon Warrior by Steven Korte
Wonder Woman: An Origin Story by John Sazaklis

Adult Graphic Novels:
Wonder Woman Volume 1: The Lies by Greg Rucka
Wonder Woman, Earth One by Grant Morrison
Wonder Woman: The True Amazon by Jill Thompson
Wonder Woman: The War Years, 1941-1945 by Roy Thomas

Adult Nonfiction:
Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World's Most Famous Heroine by Tim Hanley
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore


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Monday, May 22, 2017

LEAVING TIME

Next month's book club will discuss Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult.  Picoult is a best-selling author and has published over 20 novels.  Her latest, Small Great Things was published last year.

Leaving Time is the story of Alice Metcalf, a scientist who studied grief among elephants.  Years after her disappearance, her daughter Jenna decides to look into her mother's disappearance.  Jenna contacts a disgraced psychic and a detective for help.  Did Alice abandon her family, or did something else happen to keep her from returning home?

If you like Jodi Picoult, you might want to try one of these books.

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
Light on Snow by Anita Shreve
The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls
Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
The Man of My Dreams by Curtis Sittenfeld
The World Below by Sue Miller
A Theory of Relativity by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah
Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Home Safe by Elizabeth Berg
Blessings by Anna Quindlen
The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman

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Monday, May 15, 2017

MOTHER'S DAY



Happy Mother's Day!  Even though Mother's Day happened over the past weekend, we can keep celebrating this week.  Mother's Day is a celebration honoring the mother or mother-figure of the family.  It gives us a chance to honor the influential women in our lives and reflect on our bonds with our mothers and other female relatives.  In the United States, Mother's Day is celebrated on the second Sunday of May.

Keep the spirit of Mother's Day going by checking out one of these books today!

Adult Books:
Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou
I was a Really Good Mom Before I Had Kids by Trisha Ashwater
Mother, Daughter, Me by Katie Hafner
A Remarkable Mother by Jimmy Carter
The Mother-Daughter Project by SuEllen Hamkins
Chicken Soup for the Mother and Daughter Soul
I Don't Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson
Glitter & Glue by Kelly Corrigan
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

Children's Books:
The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten by Maureen Fergus
My Mom Has X-Ray Vision by Angela McAllister
My Mom Loves Me More Than Sushi by Filomena Gomes
My Mother is So Smart by Tomie DePaola

Ramona and Her Mother by Beverly Cleary
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
If You Hold My Hand by Jillian Harker
T.Rex and the Mother's Day Hug by Lois G. Grambling
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

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Monday, May 8, 2017

ONE FOR THE MONEY

This month we are reading Janet Evanovich's One for the Money for Book to Movie Club.  This is the first book in the Stephanie Plum series that follows Stephanie Plum on her journeys as a bounty hunter.  This is a popular series with a new entry due out this November: Hardcore Twenty-Four. Katherine Heigl stars in the 2012 movie adaptation.  

If you have already read One for the Money, or if you have read the entire Stephanie Plum series, you may want to give one of these books a try.

Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie
A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton
Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton
Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson
Lucky You by Carl Hiaasen
The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax by Dorothy Gilman
If Looks Could Kill by Kate White

Or, you could read some of Janet Evanovich's other series:

Alexandra Barnaby (Metro Girl)
Cate Madigan (Hot Stuff)
Fox & O'Hare (The Heist)
Full (Full House)
Knight & Moon (Curious Minds)
Lizzy & Diesel (Wicked Appetite)
Stephanie Plum Holiday  (Visions of Sugar Plums)

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